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Published April 21, 2011, 03:23 PM

ND Delegation Secures $2.9 Million For UND West Nile Virus Research

North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Thursday that a grant of $2.9 million will be awarded to the University of North Dakota for research into treatments for West Nile Virus.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

North Dakota's congressional delegation announced Thursday that a grant of $2.9 million will be awarded to the University of North Dakota for research into treatments for West Nile virus.

The grant will allow UND to continue to develop treatments and products that fight the virus. Goose antibodies, which have shown promise in treating infected patients, will be used in some of the diagnostic products.

“The strategic partnerships we’re creating through our state’s Centers of Excellence programs not only help to create good jobs and attract federal investments to our state, but also create products that save lives and combat some of our nation’s health challenges” said Hoeven in a joint press release issued Thursday.

“The West Nile virus is a real threat and is spreading — both here in North Dakota and across the nation. It poses a real danger, both to humans and livestock, and it must be addressed,” Senator Conrad said. “Researchers at UND are on the frontline of this battle to combat West Nile virus, and this federal grant will further support their efforts.”

"I'm proud that North Dakota is a partner in the research and development of this treatment that holds such potential to benefit our health care system,” said Berg. “This initiative will help create good North Dakota jobs and reaffirms UND's leadership in research and technology."

West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Mild forms of the virus may cause abdominal pain, fever and headache. More severe forms of the disease can cause confusion, loss of consciousness and muscle weakness.

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